Sowing Seeds at the Pod

This week sees an exciting new initiative launched by Octapod – its  SeedPod Community Cultural Development (CCD) Program.

The program is designed to assist artists or arts-workers to work with communities on creative projects and was made possible largely through an inaugral fundraising event held last November.   The types of projects Octapod would like to support are those that are arts-based processes, used as a way to engage, inspire, give voice and create change.

In 2011, Octapod will support 2 projects – each to the value of @ $4,000+ comprising cash grants and in-kind support.  If you have a project that you believe in, that fits the requirements of the SeedPod grants,  make contact with Christina Robberds at Octapod and discuss your idea.   You can reach her  at or Ph (02)49270470.  Octapod supports arts and cultural development throughout the Hunter Region so you don’t necessarily have to reside in Newcastle itself to be eligible.  Applications close on 7th March  – projects can start from 4 April and must be finished by 31 October 2011.


for any readers who would like to work in Community Arts, why not dip your toe in the water and apply for the Community Liaison Officer job?   It’s a newly created position and is part time so would enable you to get a taste for community arts [but here’s a health warning – it’s addictive!].  You’d need to be a bit media savvy and your job would be to promote Octapod in the region to lift its profile.  You’d be liaising with the community to encourage more volunteers and participation plus helping to develop new projects.  It’s a great way to connect with arts-minded people and make new friends.


Our world-famous This is Not Art [TINA] Festival needs a new Co-ordinator.  Is that YOU?  This event was declared by Lonely Planet as Number two of things to do in Newcastle.  It’s an exciting 5-day event held in October each year with some 5 sub-festivals involved, 30 venues, 300 events, and around 400 booked performers.   What a challenge!  Are you up to it?  Wanna give it a go?    Then contact Christina [see above] to get the ‘drum’ and apply.

It’s going to be a HAPPENING year at Octapod …and who knows what our seeds will reap through 2011.